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ERIC Number: EJ853135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Online Extensive Reading for Advanced Foreign Language Learners: An Evaluation Study
Arnold, Nike
Foreign Language Annals, v42 n2 p340-366 Sum 2009
The following article reports the findings of a qualitative evaluation of an online extensive reading program in German as a foreign language. Designed for advanced learners, it differs from traditional extensive reading programs in two important aspects: students read online instead of printed materials, and there was no teacher preselection to ensure that learners were reading at the i minus 1 level. Data from reflections and questionnaires indicate that learners experienced a variety of affective and linguistic benefits. Interestingly, some learners purposely sought out more difficult texts to challenge themselves. While this violates a key principle of extensive reading, it is indicative of learners' growing motivation and self-confidence. There is also evidence that they developed into skilled second language readers, making conscious decisions about reading strategy and dictionary use.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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